The Cheese Steak Shop, Makati City

The Deal: Php235 for a 10-inch cheesesteak (Pgp399 regular price)

The Location: 140 Amorsolo St., Legaspi Village, Makati City

The Website: Dealgrocer.com

The Intro: I go to Makati for two reasons – to eat and to pick up Persian Himalayan kitties my Ate‘s officemate gives away. On this particular trip, we were going to pick up the last batch of kitties (they had the cats spayed/neutered after giving birth) and to finally use The Cheese Steak Shop voucher Miwa bought a couple of months back.

The Cheese Steak Shop, also well known for their roaming Cheese Steak truck, is the first international franchise from the makers of the original Philly Cheesesteak sandwich in California. Most of their ingredients, like the white cheese, steak meat, and the bread (used in the famous Hoagie sandwich) are imported from the States.

Getting there was easy – it’s the parking that proved to be a bit of a challenge. The spaces were just too small for the Crosswind so it took me about 20 minutes to maneuver my car around. When I finally entered the shop, I was greeted by a very American diner-ish ambiance with the words “Caution: May Be Habit Forming!” glowing from the counter.

The antique radios add to the vintage diner feel.

The Food: We brought two vouchers that day so we got two 10-inch Classic Philly Cheesesteak which we cut in half. The portions were still pretty big even after being split in two.

The Classic Philly Cheese Steak (regular price Php399). You can choose to have steak or chicken, served on a soft Italian roll and topped with grilled onions and hot/sweet peppers.

I think this was the first time I actually ate a Philly Cheese Steak, and I’m glad that this was the first I tried. The steak was thinly sliced and incredibly tender and full of that smoky, grilled flavor. The onions were sweet, the peppers packed a bit of a punch, and the bread was…wow. Crusty on the outside but soft on the inside; perfect for this kind of sandwich.

The steak fries were a bit dry, though. I was tempted to find me some melted cheese and Sloppy Joe and smother them with it. But I did love that spicy pimiento cheese dip that came with it.

Steak French Fries (Regular – Php99, Large – Php135)

The Verdict: Great sandwiches, so-so fries, quick service. Definitely coming back to try the rest of what’s on the menu but I’m probably going to a different branch (there’s one in The Fort Strip). The one in Amorsolo is just too small, and it tends to get submerged in water when it’s raining really hard. Plus I’m not a big fan of driving around Makati (but that’s another story to tell).

Visit their website to know more about The Cheese Steak Shop.